You wake up, turn on the morning news, and find the usual stories. College students are staging a campus protest against a speaker they believe to be racist. The world's number-one pop star is accused of molesting two 15-year-old girls after a concert. An electorate inexplicably selects presidential candidates whom few support and even fewer trust.


But what if everything you heard was synthetic? What if it's all packaged to meet some larger objective? What if you were simply being manipulated?

Manipulated chronicles a 70-year clandestine effort to seize control of the United States at the foundational level. It's all happening right under the noses of an unsuspecting nation. The long-awaited scheme will come to fruition with the 2016 presidential election. Everything is going according to plan, but then something happens. A new voice emerges. A strangely authentic candidate captures the fascination of the American people. But is it too late? Has the machine gotten too large to overcome? The stakes are high. The survival of the nation as we know it hangs in the balance.


With my busy life, it's hard for me to finish anything. The character development along with numerous twists and turns had me staying up late to fly through this thriller.

Tyler M.


What a fun read. Creative. Different. When is your next book going to be ready?!

Matt E.

Manipulated provided an insight to elections I have never considered before, especially in light of the recent controversial one.  This book showed me some assumptions I make based on race/ethnicity with truly unexpected plot twists.  I couldn't put Manipulated down until I was finished!

Tanya T.

"When I read this book, I thought Wow! Mr. Clayton must be psychic. It's uncanny how much of it is playing out before us in real life politics--and this was written prior! I can't wait to read the next one."

Bob E.